Six days to go and still no sign of the skipper for England at Murrayfield
England have still not decided who will captain the team in their Six Nations opener against Scotland in just six days' time.
Chris Robshaw, Dylan Hartley and Tom Croft, the three candidates, all impressed last week at England's training camp in Leeds by taking command of groups of players as part of the newly-formed England leadership group.
Tom Wood, the injured Northampton open-side, was set to be captain for the tournament but his toe injury means he will miss at least the first two matches, in Edinburgh on Saturday and a week later against Italy in Rome.
Contender: Chris Robshaw is one of the candidates to be captain
ENGLAND TEAM (PROBABLE):
Corbierso, Hartley, Cole, Palmer, Botha, Croft, Dowson, Robshaw, Youngs, Hodgson, Barritt, Farrell, Foden plus two from Ashton, Strettle and Sharples.
Robshaw, the 25-year-old Harlequins captain, was believed to be in pole position for the job, despite having only one cap to his name.
Whoever Stuart Lancaster's management team finally choose will lead one of the most inexperienced England line-ups for years.
Three players – Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt and Phil Dowson – look certain to be making their Test debuts, while three other possible selections – Robshaw, Mauritz Botha and Charlie Sharples – have just one cap each to their names.
Set to start: Brad Barritt is in line to make his England debut
Sharples could be in the starting line-up should England's management decide they cannot take a gamble on first-choice wing Chris Ashton.
Ashton has played only two games in the last two months following his four-week ban for tackling Leicester's Alesana Tuilagi by the hair in December.
He was then dropped by Northampton for last week's defeat by Munster in the Heineken Cup after confirming that he will leave them to join Saracens next season.
The other wing in the England squad is David Strettle, who may have only eight caps but who, at 28, would bring vast experience to the side.